Call for Papers: ‘Violence and the Body in the City: Europe 1100-1800’

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Workshop, the University of Warwick, UK, Friday, 4 May 2018

‘The Body in the City, 1100-1800’ Focus Program of The Prato Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (University of Amsterdam, State University of Arizona, University of Edinburgh, University of Toronto, Birkbeck and Queen Mary Colleges at the University of London, Monash University, University of Warwick, Archivio di Stato di Prato) is investigating the complex, diverse, and multi-layered realities and understandings of ‘the body’ in medieval and early modern European societies and how these were shaped by the urban environment. The research program encompasses various subjects – art, architecture, literature, medicine, politics, religion, gender, society – and focusses on archival, textual, visual and environmental materials.  The geographic focus of the project is Italy, though comparative locations across Europe are very welcome.

A workshop on ‘Violence and the Body in the City: Europe 1100-1800’ will be held at the University of Warwick, UK on Friday, 4 May 2018.  Topics of interest for submission include but are not limited to: 

private and public space

physical violence

verbal violence

interpersonal violence

group violence

ritual violence

riot and rebellion


gender and violence

justice and punishment

representations of violence

We welcome abstracts for 20-minute presentations. Please send a 150-word abstract and brief biographical statement to by Wednesday, 1 November 2017.  Accommodation and travel within the UK will be provided for speakers.